Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, is popular among young people.
FACT: Of the illicit drugs used by high school seniors, spice was second to marijuana.
- A national survey shows that one in nine or 11.4% of 12th graders used synthetic marijuana in the past year. (Source: University of Michigan, 2012 Monitoring The Future Study)
Past Year Use of Illicit Drugs by High School Seniors (percent)
Source: University of Michigan, Monitoring the Future Study, 2012.
- Spice is a herbal mixture that is sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids, which are chemicals that act on the brain, similarly to the THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
- It is illegal to sell, buy, or possess Spice. DEA designated the five active chemicals most used in Spice as Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act which means the chemicals in Spice have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit.
- Emergency room physicians report that persons who use these products experienced serious side effects including convulsions, anxiety attacks, dangerous heart rate levels and increased blood pressure. It may be addictive.
- K2, Bliss, Fake Weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Genie, and others.
FACT: In 2010, an estimated 11,406 hospital emergency department visits involved synthetic marijuana. 75% of the visits involved patients aged 12 to 29, which 78% were male.
(Source: SAMHSA, 12/04/12; The Dawn Report: Drug Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannabinoids, Rockville, Md).
DID YOU KNOW?
Teens wrongly believe that spice is a "natural" product and therefore, harmless. The chemicals found in Spice are also not easily detected in drug tests.
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